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This makes me think of something that happened to me recently.  I was playing in my work league last month when one of our group members was really struggling.  I learned from his teammate that this was only his second time ever golfing.  Because our league is comprised mainly of retirees, there is an open door policy i.e. no one is turned away from joining the league.  He shot 147 for 18 holes.  When we were done and inside the clubhouse having a drink he was being pretty hard on himself so I said "you can work on keeping your base more stable, you were swaying all over the place out there and that's one reason why you struggle to hit the ball consistently" to he replied "WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME WHILE WE WERE OUT THERE?!".  At this point I started to grin because I realized I was about to have my first "dad" moment with a new golfer.  I told him that someday he would understand; that unsolicited advice on the golf course is a huge breach of etiquette, and the above all else there's just some things he needs to figure out on his own or he'll never really improve.

 

Rule 8-1... http://www.usga.org/rules/rules-and-decisions.html#!rule-08

 

8-1. Advice

During a stipulated round, a player must not:

a.

give advice to anyone in the competition playing on the course other than his partner, or

b.

ask for advice from anyone other than his partner or either of their caddies.

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I went to hit some balls at the muni near my work this morning. I took 4 clubs with me in the mini bag. I was working on impact trying to get the proper shaft lean on my wedges. I lined up 5 balls and started on the line. It was a 9 o'clock swing on my Aw so I'm looking at 85-90 yards carry.

 

I was at the far end of the range away from the crowd. I got 2 jumbo buckets because I'm working on muscle memory and repetition I know I'll be hitting 'em fast.

 

There's an older guy who came and settled next to mine with a small bucket, no big deal. We had our pleasant greeting and I was back to my work. About 10 mins into it he stopped and just watch me. I was doing really well at this point my balls flew Med trajectory just like I wanted and it landed right over the 75 marker one on top of another.

 

Then he said, may I make a suggestion? I looked up. He then followed by, you should take full swing and hit it harder. Your head should move back a little bit on the back swing and weaken the grip. Hmmm! I politely said I'm working on something very specific thanks for the suggestion. He took it as an invitation to come over and proceeded to try to fix my grip. I said my grip is fine and please I just wanna to be left alone.

 

He went back to the stall and mumbled something, every now and then he'd stopped and look at me and said you should weaken your grip. I saw that by this time he had only a few balls left to hit so I just waited out. Soon he was done and gone.

 

But wait there's more, the saga continued.

 

The next guy showed up with his buddy sharing a stall, he apparently teaching his newbie buddy. They were kinda loud but I blocked it out. Soon the guy turned to me and said you should have wider stance and wider swing, the shaft should point at my chin at address, take the club more inside and finish high.

 

What?, I said I'm working on something specific, thanks. I could here him telling his friend about how I could never be a good golfer because of the flaw I have in my swing. I turn and ask what do you shoot, how is your short game? He said he's a good player with a plus 10 handicap and his short game is excellent.

 

I pulled out my laser and point at the 100 marker, I said 105. Hit it. He topped the first, skilled the second, pulled the third. I put 2 shots next to the pin and said thank you. We didn't speak again. WTF.

That's beautiful, just freakin beautiful!

When I can go to the range I go to the far left side. First cause I'm a lefty and second I want to be left alone. If we wanted help we would go to a good teaching Pro.

 

 

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Nice to hear someone else spends the majority of range time without a driver in their hands.

 

And you're right, at the range only nice greetings and compliments should be stated, not advice.

I think last month alone I hit wedges about 90% of the range session, that's 4 times a week about 200 balls each. I probably hit 15 drives. As the matter of fact I hit less driver at the range last year than I hit 8i in one session.

 

My fairway hits is about 11-12 each round. I'm convinced that it's my secret sauce. I'm hungry to hit drivers on the course.

 

 

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I think there's a percentage of the population that just feels so strongly about their opinions that they just have to share it with everyone with ears. You see a lot of that with politics.

 

 

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I think there's a percentage of the population that just feels so strongly about their opinions that they just have to share it with everyone with ears. You see a lot of that with politics.

 

 

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Agree, especially political views which I stay far, far away from.

 

 

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Left Hand, 

Driver; Titleist TSi2, Kuro Kage 50 gr R2

5 Wood; Cally Steelhead 

5 Hybrid; Cally Steelhead, Hazardous Vista Pro R2

Irons; Ping G710 6-GW, Recoil 460 R2

Wedges; Titleist S9 54*

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Agree, especially political views which I stay far, far away from.

 

 

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Yes, I live by the basic three rules of life:

 

1.   Never pee into the wind

 

2.   Never play poker against anyone with a first name the same as a city

 

3.   Avoid discussing politics and religion as much as possible

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Yes, I live by the basic three rules of life:

 

1. Never pee into the wind

 

2. Never play poker against anyone with a first name the same as a city

 

3. Avoid discussing politics and religion as much as possible

4. Never play or bet on a golf game against a new guy whose glove hand has no tan.

 

 

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Driver; Titleist TSi2, Kuro Kage 50 gr R2

5 Wood; Cally Steelhead 

5 Hybrid; Cally Steelhead, Hazardous Vista Pro R2

Irons; Ping G710 6-GW, Recoil 460 R2

Wedges; Titleist S9 54*

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That's beautiful, just freakin beautiful!

When I can go to the range I go to the far left side. First cause I'm a lefty and second I want to be left alone. If we wanted help we would go to a good teaching Pro.

 

 

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Same here, always to the far left side although I'm not a lefty. I want to be left alone.
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I think there's a percentage of the population that just feels so strongly about their opinions that they just have to share it with everyone with ears. You see a lot of that with politics.

 

 

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And the internet!

 

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I was at the range working on some stuff today... smoking my driver so the dude didn't say anything to me, but he was giving the worst advice I've ever heard to his dad or father in law... my gosh... no wonder why people think this game is hard.

 

 

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+10 handicap is capable of a 10 under round. Elite pros? Maybe.

 

 

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A lot more than you think. All of the Ryder cuppers past and present, all of the major winners , Solheim cuppers. :)

 

The guy was just another moron. Even if he misspoke, there's no way he's an 82 shooter. That guy can't break 90 even if god caddie for him.

 

 

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I was at the range working on some stuff today... smoking my driver so the dude didn't say anything to me, but he was giving the worst advice I've ever heard to his dad or father in law... my gosh... no wonder why people think this game is hard.

 

 

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A wise man once said,

"U can't fix stupid"!

 

 

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Driver; Titleist TSi2, Kuro Kage 50 gr R2

5 Wood; Cally Steelhead 

5 Hybrid; Cally Steelhead, Hazardous Vista Pro R2

Irons; Ping G710 6-GW, Recoil 460 R2

Wedges; Titleist S9 54*

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After you saw him hit a few (I should say shank) you should have told him you would "shoot him 18 holes $1,000."

 

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A wise man once said,

"U can't fix stupid"!

 

 

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Now there's a wise man!!

 

 

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Left Hand, 

Driver; Titleist TSi2, Kuro Kage 50 gr R2

5 Wood; Cally Steelhead 

5 Hybrid; Cally Steelhead, Hazardous Vista Pro R2

Irons; Ping G710 6-GW, Recoil 460 R2

Wedges; Titleist S9 54*

Putter; Waaay too many to list

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My gosh... Literally 1 player ever has been a +10 over the course of a season and that was circa 2000 Tiger Woods.. What an idiot.

Love everything about how you got him btw. Would pay for video.

I dont have ppl say much to me on the range thankfully but if they do I think I'd 1. Ask them if they were a pro. 2. If they happen to say they were, I'd tell them that my teacher was the head pro at **insert local club** and that he doesn't like when I get outside instruction.

I did once have a guy from my club lose to me by 10 and try to give me a putting lesson post round. Guy is famous for it. He also never shuts up and takes a zillion practice swings (he's actually a good player tho). Once in our mens game someone started counting practice strokes and got up to 30 on a flop shot..

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You know I do have 2 of the dash cam in my car, one in the front and another in the back both are easy to detach. I don't know what kind of vid quality it would offer but I might take it to this range the next time. I might get lucky.

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You know I do have 2 of the dash cam in my car, one in the front and another in the back both are easy to detach. I don't know what kind of vid quality it would offer but I might take it to this range the next time. I might get lucky.

 

Please do!

Hilarious...

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